Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"No new assignments - the school is in the middle of some testing. We needed planters with holes for draining so we took a trip to get 16-oz styrofoam cups. Together we put the dirt in the cups but the student was the one to poke holes in the bottoms of the cups (which he enjoyed...), label, and handle the seeds so he could get a feel for it. He also set up his "Procedure and Observation" notebook with a great deal of care! This marked "Day 1" of watering, which he did supervised, and he will get used to the routine since he has to do it every day anyway. This is great because it's important for him to feel he owns the project and is proud of it!"
"Worked through the student's math assignment on logarithmic functions, comparing them to exponential functions, then filled out his chemistry packet on water and its properties. Also talked briefly about combinatorial games to spark his curiosity in math."
"With one week until the exam, we continued to work on mastering test taking strategies, specifically with regards to the vocabulary and sentence completion problems in the verbal reasoning sections. We worked on doing timed problem sets in verbal and math sections. On the math sections we did, she completed the problems with 100% accuracy. I will advise her to take a full practice exam (timed) tomorrow so that we can review her performance early next week and she can experience a simulated exam situation."
"We worked on partial sums using straws to show tens & ones, playing cards to help determine the numbers for different problems, and used a poem to guide us through different problems. By the end of the session the student was able to do several different problems on her own. She did a great job!"
"During our session, the student and I worked on creating bibliographies, and I asked him to create a bibliography for a research paper he had written. He had already turned in the paper, but still needed to complete the bibliography. We also discussed methods for revising papers, and worked on one of the papers he needed to revise by the end of the semester. After that we created a list of things he needed to do before our next session, so that we could move forward. This list including obtaining copies of the syllabus for three papers he needs to complete and turn in."
"We worked on grammar and vocabulary. The student had some schoolwork to do so he worked on that. I had him read various texts so I could check his pronunciation (which was good). He watched a couple of French videos, then I had him tell me in French what the stories were about. That helped him practice his fluency."